MLB Draft 2010: Start Time: Bryce Harper Expected Go Number 1
MLB Draft Tracker 2010: Mock Drafts Popular As Official First Year Player Draft Starts Monday- 7pm EST (June 7-9).
The Major League Baseball Draft for 2010 officially kicks off Monday night in in New Jersey. MLB Commissioner will launch the first year player draft at 7 pm EST, 4pm PST.
The first 50 picks will be broadcast on Major League Baseball's website. The entire selection of hundreds of college and high school players will wrap on June 9th.
The Washington Nationals have the first pick and it is widely expected they will pick Bryce Harper, the 17 year old at standout with the College of Southern Nevada.
It's long been believed that Harper is the best talent in this Draft class, and he has backed it up with his performance, most of it with a wood bat, at the College of Southern Nevada. While the Nationals had not confirmed their choice as of Sunday evening, it is seemingly clear that Harper will be their choice.
"If they didn't take him, I think it could be a nightmare," said College of Southern Nevada coach Tim Chambers. "In my opinion, and this is my opinion alone, with his age, he's possibly the greatest amateur player ever. At 17, a junior in high school, I can't imagine anybody being better."
Bryce Harper hit 29 home runs with a wood bat at the Nevada junior college. Harper's baseball prowess has been closely tracked since child hood. Sports Illustrated put Harper on a cover in June 2009 with headline "Baseball's Chosen One: Bryce Harper is the most exciting prodigy since LeBron."
Heavy praise indeed but 17 is still very young especially for baseball. The Washington Nationals certainly hope Harper matches his hype.